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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 9,100 UK prices • 14,000 expert & user reviews • 1,700 product comparisons • 10 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Samsung MC32K7055CTEC

92 Reviews

£249.00

Freestanding
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900W
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32L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
May 2019
£3 Voucher
#2

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Samsung MC28H5013AS

251 Reviews

£129.00

Freestanding
Info
1,400W
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28L
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Info
£420
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#3

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Panasonic NN‑CT56

28 Reviews

£198.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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27L
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Info
£470
Over 10 years
Apr 2018
#4

88

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Samsung MC28H5135CKEU

37 Reviews

£179.99

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
28L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
#5

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Sharp R860KM

20 Reviews
Which? - Best Buy

£99.94

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Nov 2016
£40 Voucher
#6

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Bosch Serie 4 CMA583MS0B

9 Reviews

£425.00

(Unknown)
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900W
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44L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#7

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Russell Hobbs RHM3002

320 Reviews

£119.97

Freestanding
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900W
Info
30L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
£10 Voucher
#8

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Hotpoint MWH26321MB

16 Reviews

£129.99

Freestanding
Info
800W
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25L
Info
Info
£370
Over 10 years
Jan 2017
#9

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Samsung MS23F301TAS

176 Reviews

£60.00

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
23L
Info
Info
£370
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
#10

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Daewoo KOR9GPBR

88 Reviews

£69.97

Freestanding
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900W
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26L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jun 2015
#11

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Magic Chef MCM1611W

45 Reviews

£102.32

Freestanding
Info
1,100W
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45.3L
Info
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£520
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
#12

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Samsung MS28J5215AS

279 Reviews

£111.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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28L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
£20 Voucher
#13

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Hotpoint MP676IXH

£279.00

(Unknown)
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2,800W
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40L
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Info
£1,300
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#14

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Kenwood K25MB14

317 Reviews

£69.00

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
#15

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Russell Hobbs RHM2574

13 Reviews

£89.95

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
#16

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Kenwood K25MSS11

358 Reviews

£80.00

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
£75 Voucher
#17

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AEG MBE2658SEM

12 Reviews

£299.00

(Unknown)
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900W
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26L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jun 2017
#18

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Russell Hobbs RHBM2503

21 Reviews

£189.99

Integrated
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900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
#19

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New World UIM600

14 Reviews

£194.00

Integrated
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900W
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25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Nov 2017
#20

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Samsung MC28H5013AW

1 Review
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£129.00

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
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£400
Over 10 years
May 2016

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What Are The Best Microwave Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every microwave and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated microwave brand is Panasonic with an average rating of 90%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

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Panasonic Microwaves 77 £66 - £509
90%
247 reviews
#2
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Hotpoint Microwaves 59 £60 - £630
87%
349 reviews
#3
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Whirlpool Microwaves 73 £75 - £1,179
87%
80 reviews
#4
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Samsung Microwaves 73 £60 - £699
87%
1,749 reviews
#5
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Bosch Microwaves 61 £92 - £1,342
84%
275 reviews
#6
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Daewoo Microwaves 50 £45 - £161
83%
197 reviews
#7
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Smeg Microwaves 23 £195 - £899
81%
16 reviews
#8
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Sharp Microwaves 55 £23 - £655
81%
765 reviews
#9
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 40 £45 - £210
80%
3,994 reviews
#10
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Neff Microwaves 32 £180 - £1,649
77%
48 reviews
#11
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Siemens Microwaves 26 £223 - £1,283
75%
16 reviews
#12
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LG Microwaves 31 £126 - £251
30%
4 reviews
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Severin Microwaves 22 £46 - £149

Trending Microwave Comparisons

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Kenwood
K30CSS14
£100.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
19% bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Samsung
MS23H3125A
£79.99
£20 cheaper
User reviews
are a little
better
Overall reviews
are a little
better
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Samsung
MS23K3555E
£99.99
£35 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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LG
NeoChef
£134.83
One month newer
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Kenwood
K30CSS14
£100.00
£49 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Hotpoint
2621
£149.00
Better brand
User reviews
are better
Overall reviews
are better
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Russell Hobbs
RHM2362
£74.98
£47 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Kenwood
K25MB14
£69.00
£6 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Sharp
R860
£99.94
£9 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
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Samsung
MW3500
£108.99
14 months newer
11% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Bosch
CMG676BS6B
£1,096.00
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Bigger
interior
capacity
10% cheaper to
run over five
years
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De Dietrich
DME1195GX
£849.00
£247 cheaper
Newer by 15
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Swan
SM22090COPN
£69.99
Better Kagoo
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by £47 over
five years
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Sharp
R244
£67.99
Better brand
Bigger
interior
capacity
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Samsung
MS23F301
£60.00
Better Kagoo
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User reviews
are better
Overall reviews
are better
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Russell Hobbs
RHM2076
£45.90
£14 cheaper
More popular
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Russell Hobbs
RHEM2301
£85.00
Better user
reviews
Better overall
reviews
11% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Sharp
R360KM
£85.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Newer by 14
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Samsung
MC28M6075
£179.00
£20 cheaper
Newer by four
months
£47 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Panasonic
NN-CT56
£198.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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LG
MJ3965
£238.60
A lot bigger
interior
capacity
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Whirlpool
MCP 349 SL
£199.99
£39 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Russell Hobbs
RHFM2363
£98.98
User reviews
are better
11% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Kenwood
K25CSE16
£99.00
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
Overall reviews
are a little
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Kenwood
K23MFW15
£114.99
Better Kagoo
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Newer by 22
months
Cheaper to run
by £94 over
five years
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Panasonic
NN-SD25H
£109.99
Better brand
User reviews
are better
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Samsung
MS28J5215A
£111.00
Better Kagoo
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Overall reviews
are a lot
better
Better brand
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Russell Hobbs
RHFM2363
£98.98
£12 cheaper
A little better
user reviews
£94 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Whirlpool
AMW 834
£477.00
Better Kagoo
Score
15% bigger
interior
capacity
10% cheaper to
run over five
years
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KitchenAid
KMQFX33910
£399.00
£78 cheaper
Two years newer
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Bosch
HMT84M654B
£279.99
£24 cheaper
£47 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Panasonic
NN-DS596
£304.00
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 10
months
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Samsung
MW3500
£108.99
£6 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Kenwood
K23MFW15
£114.99
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are appreciably
better
Overall reviews
are appreciably
better
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Samsung
MC32J7035
£209.00
£21 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Hotpoint
MWH338SX
£230.00
Bigger
interior
capacity
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Kenwood
K30CSS14
£100.00
£11 cheaper
Better brand
10% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Samsung
MS28J5215A
£111.00
Nine months
newer
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Miele
M6012
£446.00
A little bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Bosch
BFL554MS0
£438.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Five years
newer
Better brand
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam function?
AThis is a way of cooking foods using bursts of hot steam rather than direct heat or microwaves. It's a more delicate form of cooking, best suited to vegetables, dumplings and even pasta.
QWhat is combination cooking on a microwave?
AThis involves using both the microwave and oven or grill functions of the appliance simultaneously - frequently the microwaves are used to cook the food quickly, while the grill crisps and browns the top.
QWhat is a rotisserie?
AA rotisserie spit is a special rotating skewer available as an add-on for some premium microwaves. It allows you to spit-roast chicken and meat in the microwave - meaning the appliance can be used to cook many more dishes.

Microwave Buying Guide

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

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Capacity

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity, measured in litres (L). The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

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This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

Microwave Retailers, Prices and Features

Microwave Prices

The price range of microwaves is from £22 to £1,999 and in total we found prices for 616 microwaves. The average price of a new microwave is £254 and 80% of microwaves are priced between £63 and £549. The most expensive microwave that we found is the Miele DGM6500 at £1,999, and the cheapest is the Sharp R1874T at only £23.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Miele microwaves start at £451 and their most expensive microwave costs £1,999. The average price of Miele microwaves is £1,083 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands.

The average price of Fisher & Paykel microwaves is £1,029 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands. Fisher & Paykel microwaves start at £800 and their most expensive microwave costs £1,259.

KitchenAid microwaves start at £399 and their most expensive microwave costs £1,250. The average price of KitchenAid microwaves is £862 which is the third highest average price of all microwave brands.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 37 expert reviews and 12,178 user reviews for microwaves and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top rated microwave brand is Panasonic with an average rating of 90%. The second best brand is Hotpoint with 87% and the third best brand is Whirlpool with 87%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 618 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is AO with 239 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as AO when it comes to microwaves. Appliances Direct is the third biggest retailer with 206 current offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

The most common period for new microwaves to be released in is between March and April. In March 2018, 33 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. 68 new microwaves were released in April 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. October was the biggest month in 2016 for new microwaves, with 116 new microwaves released that month.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

New microwaves drop in price by an average of 2% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. That means a saving of £5 on a typical £254 new microwave if you wait 6 months before buying.

Case Designs

The case design of the microwave shows whether it is meant to be free standing, or designed to be built into fixtures unobtrusively.

Freestanding is the most frequently found case design amongst new microwaves. We found 699 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. The second most common case design amongst new microwaves is integrated. We found 69 microwaves that are integrated microwaves.

Microwave Powers

'Microwave Power' denotes how strong the cooking power of the microwave is, measured in watts (W).

The microwave powers of microwaves range from 500W to 3,300W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 800W to 950W. The microwave with the biggest microwave power is the Smeg SF4101MS, which is a 3,300W microwave and is priced at £899.00. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Zanussi ZFM15100SA, which is a 500W microwave and sells for £124.56.

A higher power level that food cooked in the microwave will cook quicker and more efficiently.

Interior Capacities

'Interior Capacity' is how much the microwave can hold, measured in litres (L).

Comparing all microwaves, the interior capacities range from 1.5L to 62L. The interior capacities of most microwaves range from 22L to 26L. The Zanussi ZKK47901XK, which currently retails for £299.99, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 51L capacity microwave. The Hotpoint MWH1331B, which can be purchased for £99.00, has the smallest interior capacity and is a 13L capacity microwave.

A bigger capacity means that the microwave is capable of holding - and therefore cooking - more food at once.

Available Colours

We found 449 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured, which makes black the most common colour amongst new microwaves. The second most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves is stainless steel. We found 436 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Microwaves?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer it shows the total number of microwaves where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 406 of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Microwaves for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for microwaves by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of microwave prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's microwave prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 65.7% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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